Dan in Real Life DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 8.9
Video 8.1
Audio 8.9
Special Features 7.0
Total 9.0
Distributor: Icon
Running Time: 98 minutes
Classification: PG
Reviewer:
Andrew Bistak

8.9


Dan in Real Life

From the creators of About a Boy and Shall we Dance comes a delightful comedy about relationships, family and chances that stars Steve Carrell (40 Year Old Virgin) as Dan Burns, a relationship columnist. Widowed for four years, Dan struggles to raise his three teenage daughters and fit into his almost perfect family.

For their annual family event, Dan takes his family to his parents home only to discover that the woman he was flirting with at a bookshop is his brothers new girlfriend. Realising that this maybe the woman of his dreams, Dan attempts to ignore Beth (Juliette Bionche), however in the process of stepping on everyones toes in the family. Carrell is perfect as Dan with his sombre attitude that really makes his a likeable character as he attempts to rekindle his zest for life.

Masterfully directed by Peter Hedges (About a Boy), his talent as a director creates a unique insight family and relationships through drama, comedy and romance. Even though Hedges portrays Dan's parents and siblings as a family from the 1950's, it actually suits the movie and assists in drawing you into the lives of all characters as multiple stories points are happening at once. A delightful and inspirational comedy.

The video quality of Dan in Real Life is presented in 1.77:1 anamorphic widescreen which is perfect for widescreen televisions, however some of the transfer is a little grainy. The audio quality is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround which thanks to the soundtrack is superbly done and gives the movie an almost surreal life.

Featuring a variety of special features such as the making of Dan in Real Life, an interesting featurette entitled "Handmade music: Creating the score" and some amusing deleted scenes and outtakes, Dan in Real Life is the perfect DVD compendium. Highly Recommended!

Special Features:

Just Like Family: The Making of Dan In Real Life
Handmade Music: Creating the Score
Deleted Scenes
Outakes
Easter Eggs

 






 
 



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